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by SHKarlson Tue Jan 10th, 2012 at 10:43:25 PM EST

The Fifty Book Challenge, which started as a temporary community, has continued in operation and Live Journal highlighted it for 2011.  An encouraging cohort of new members has begun posting.

(Note to European Tribune members: the Fifty Book Challenge is a Live Journal community.  It is not a book club, where the members agree on the fifty books to read, and the Challenge is for fun rather than for bragging rights.)

I've been playing along since 2005, and here is the final report for 2011.   I no longer feel any pressure to file fifty reports, so the roundup will stop at 36.  Lots of exciting football and some progress on the model railroad and the continued fruits of downsizing at work make for a tired weblogger some days.  The links for the final seven go to detailed reports at the Challenge.  Some books are particularly good (+), others particularly bad (-).

30.  The Help, 15 October 2011 (+).

31.  Trading Up: The New American Luxury, 16 October 2011 (-).

32.  11/22/63, 22 November 2011.

33.  That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, 12 December 2011 (-).

34.  American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America, 21 December 2011 (+).

35.  The Time of Our Lives: A Conversation About America, 26 December 2011 (-).

36.  America's Quarterback: Bart Starr and the Rise of the National Football League, 29 December 2011.

The third quarter report is available here, or at the Fifty Book Challenge, or on the European Tribune.

The second quarter report is available here, or at the Fifty Book Challenge, or on the European Tribune.

The first quarter report is available here, or at the Fifty Book Challenge, or on the European Tribune.

The new segments of the bookworm highlight the (U.S. rules) football season as perceived from here.

There are more books stacked for review, and year eight of reports will commence shortly, although the fifty is more likely to be a nice-to-have than a must-do.  New members, don't be put off by my lethargy!

(Cross-posted to Cold Spring Shops and Fifty Book Challenge.)


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